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NOW FINISHED:Recipes and tips for cooking with cheese needed for the Lake District Cheese Company - cookery day worth £250 plus cheese to be won

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 06-Jan-11 14:12:30

The Lake District Cheese Company would like to feature some of your easy cheesy recipes, questions and tips for cooking with cheese on their Mumsnet hub (coming later this month).

The Lake District Cheese Company is part of First Milk, the largest dairy farmer co-operative in the UK. With their roots firmly in the Lake District, they source the finest milk from local and surrounding farms, producing a deliciously moreish cheese that embodies all the values and traditions of the Lake District.

They would also like to use some of your recipes, questions and tips in videos which will be hosted by a Lake District chef, Lucy Nicholson from "Lucy's of Ambleside" LucyCooks Cookery School which will be shown on Mumsnet and elsewhere.

So, is there anything you'd particularly like to see Lucy cook, demonstrate or talk about in the videos? Would you like some new ideas for cooking with cheese? Do you have a best ever way of including cheese in your everyday food, what's your favourite cheese recipe? How do you make cheese dishes healthy for all the family?

Everyone who adds a question, tip or recipe to this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one lucky winner will receive a cookery class for two people (the winner and a friend) at LucyCooks Cookery School, at a value of up to £250.00 in total, plus £50 travel expenses to get you to the cook school and some lovely Lake District Cheese Company Cheese.

Many thanks

nymphadora Thu 06-Jan-11 18:15:45

We do goats cheese in long sweet peppers, under the grill served with salad.

Tortington Thu 06-Jan-11 18:16:34

as a low carber cheese is my best friend!

cheesey chops.

pork chops, with cheese on simples.

Tortington Thu 06-Jan-11 18:18:26

nymphadora, i had n't heard of sweet chili peppers until recently, they are delish, i love to stuff them with wendslydale which has cranberries in - dont think this will endear me to the makers of this competition though!

nymphadora Thu 06-Jan-11 18:22:02

We grow them & even at this time of year our Market sells them really cheap. ( dread to think how far they come though)

Tortington Thu 06-Jan-11 18:24:32

in the uk?

i don't know why i'm asking, i can't grow anything although have delusions of doing just that

nymphadora Thu 06-Jan-11 18:29:00

Yes in greenhouse though have done without ( up north too wink)

minipen Thu 06-Jan-11 18:42:11

Quick carbonara,

fry onion & bacon whilst cooking pasta, grate mature cheddar, drain pasta, mix in cheese and few spoonfuls of milk.
Add onion & bacon, use leftover cheese to put on top & serve.

I like this version because it is qucik & caters for fussy people who don't like the bacon & onion (dd) and I serve it with peas/sugarsnaps etc. Lovely smile

thighsmadeofcheddar Thu 06-Jan-11 18:54:02

Lovely goats cheese nibbles
Wrap up half a fig, a dollop of goats cheese in a little parma ham parcel. Delicious.

My other tip is to put your parmesan rinds etc into any veg style soup you do.

MegBusset Thu 06-Jan-11 19:00:51

Toasted cheese and onion sandwich (in sandwich maker) is surely the best way to eat cheddar.

If you want something a bit fancier but just as easy, cheese and veg omelette: slice up some veg (whatever's in the fridge but I like mushrooms and cherry tomatoes) and fry in oil in small frying pan for a few mins until soft. Put in a bowl and stir in some grated cheese. Then beat 2 eggs and put back in frying pan, cook for a couple of mins stirring a little with a fork til the eggs have set, spoon the veg and cheese mix over half the omelette and fold over the other half and warm through for a minute or two. Serve with big pile of chips

lulalullabye Thu 06-Jan-11 19:05:10

Make lasagne with 250g of mince, I/2 tin of tomatoes, 1onion and celery. Cook it all down then add 200g of spinach and 150g of ricotta cheese. Mix it all together and then layer with fresh lasagne. Finish with chopped basil, passata50mls and pour over lasagne. Grate Parmesan all over the top.

Yummy and incredibly low fat. No need for White sauce, very moist.

strandednomore Thu 06-Jan-11 20:16:08

I love a cheese and banana sandwich. Has to be a really strong, sharp cheddar to counteract the sweetness of the fruit. Best on some really good, fresh granary bread. Yum.

NewYearNewKnickersOnMyHead Thu 06-Jan-11 20:17:04

boil and mash potatoes. Mix in grated cheese and chopped onion. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake in oven for 20mins. Lovely and filling for a cold evening.

nickschick Thu 06-Jan-11 20:30:25

This is one of my favourite recipes, chop up a tin of corned beef add a pile of boiled potato a glug of milk a knob of butter and some salt n pepper mash it all up -layer the top liberally with grated mature cheddar and put back in the oven until cheese toasts and goes crispy.

Yum yum.

left over veg?

mash it all up with a couple of eggs spoon into the pan and make kind of a veggie burger shape sprinkle top with mature cheddar flick over and fry til crispy.


ProfYaffle Thu 06-Jan-11 21:04:02

My 2 very simple top cheese tips:

When making cheese on toast put some fruity chutney under the cheese. V yummy.

Save rinds from parmesan cheese. Add them to soup as it's simmering, fish them out before serving. Gives the soup a lovely, rich umami flavour.

My question: Any tips on assembling a balanced cheese board using more unusual cheese, maybe some more specialised regional cheeses rather than the usual stilton, brie etc.

PigeonStreet Thu 06-Jan-11 21:07:15

The best cheese recipe has to be macaroni cheese with bacon, onions and cherry tomatoes. I use a mixture of mature cheddar, edam and gruyere in my cheese sauce to make it extra creamy with cheddar and parmesan grated on top of the finished dish.

I have to make double quantities for tea in this house as we all have seconds and I snack on it later in front of the tv save some for my lunch the next day.

taffetacat Thu 06-Jan-11 21:36:24

peppadews stuffed with cream cheese/boursin mix
numerous tarts - my no 1 fave is gruyere, sorrel and spinach, but I also love leek and goats cheese
puff pastry tart with caramelised onions and camembert
feta dip - with oregano, cream cheese and ex v oo
parmesan on everything Italian but especially pasta, pizza and shavings on salad

making it healthy - is about how much you have, and in essence, about how you divide it as it were. So if you don't want to eat too much, then grate or shave it, or slice with a mandolin or cheese slice. For use in cooking, use a stronger cheese so you don't need so much for flavour eg extra mature cheddar, parmesan etc

TrillianAstra Thu 06-Jan-11 21:39:12

Mmmm, I love cheese.

This is the carbonara I made tonight - there's parmesan in it so does that count?

For 2 adults - in the order you do stuff

Put on full kettle
Cut up 1/2 pack of bacon with scissors (smoky is nice)
Fry bacon in olive oil
While bacon is frying, start to cook 200g spaghetti (with water from the kettle you just boiled)
While bacon fries and spaghetti boils, mix up 2 egg yolks, 2 tbsp creme fraiche (I used half-fat, it was fine), ground black pepper, and a good pile of grated parmesan
When spaghetti done, tip a little of the water into the bacon to 'deglaze' the pan - get off all the tasty stuff that's cooked into the bottom of the pan
Drain spaghetti and throw into bacon pan and swirl around
Turn off heat - if using an electric hob take properly away from heat
Add cheesey mixture to spaghetti and bacon and swirl around

TrillianAstra Thu 06-Jan-11 21:39:49

My question would definitely be how to eat lots of cheese in a "healthy" way.

onadietcokebreak Thu 06-Jan-11 22:19:31

Can you freeze cheese?

piprabbit Thu 06-Jan-11 22:31:27

Trillian I do a very similar recipe which is also very yummy (and quick), with a couple of differences...

Mine serves 4, and includes a couple of chicken breasts (or some boned/skinless thighs). Fry bitesize chunks of chicken with the bacon.
Then, instead of adding your parmesan mixture, I stir through some blue cheese (stilton, roquefort, cornish blue etc.) chopped into little cubes.

The children won't eat blue cheese, but they wolf this down and it's good for using up a bit of blue cheese when you run out of idea.

Kristingle Thu 06-Jan-11 23:14:19

once you have fished your cheese rinds out the soup, remember to put them out for your gardens birds. high fat foods are very important to them in this cold weather

BecauseImWorthIt Thu 06-Jan-11 23:44:20

I love barbecued Halloumi - I serve it with a dressing made from olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, black pepper, mustard and fresh coriander.

MotherJack Fri 07-Jan-11 00:50:23

Top tip (and I am a Lake District Cheese fan - I prefer it over all other brands - check my firdge!! wink) for cheese on toast.

Take slices of bread, top with finely sliced onion (red preferably), a good cheddar and slices of tomato and whatever seasonings you might fancy (picked gherkin works well if you like them).

Pop in the oven on a grill pan, around 150-180 degrees and cook (note NOT grill). You get lovely crunchy melba toast style cheese on toast with extra flavour.

Works well with grated cheese and finely chopped ham as I found out the other day, too.

I's the oven cooking of the bread which makes lovely.

PrettyCandlesAndTinselToo Fri 07-Jan-11 01:05:20

Fried cheese is lovely, and lower in fat than most ways of eating cheese.

Heat a frying pan without any oil, then slap in a few slices of a fairly solid cheese (cheddar is ideal). The pan needs to be quite hot so that the cheese browns without melting. Watch it, and turn it before the middle melts. While the second side is browning, tip the pan slightly to let the melted fat run away from the cheese. This way when you take the cheese out of the pan you leave a lot of its fat behind.

Eat immediately.

PrettyCandlesAndTinselToo Fri 07-Jan-11 01:09:04

Carefully prize the top off a mince pie. Slip in a piece if Blue Stilton. Put the lid back on and pop in the ovento warm through.


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